5 Bold Predictions For Georgia vs. Louisville In Belk Bowl

By Jerry Landry

5 Bold Predictions For Georgia vs. Louisville In Belk Bowl

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The 9-3 Georgia Bulldogs will get set for their third go-round against the ACC in the Belk Bowl on Tuesday, December 30 at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN. The Bulldogs bested the Clemson Tigers but fell short to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in Athens earlier this season. This time, Georgia goes into ACC country to take on the likewise 9-3 Louisville Cardinals in Charlotte.

5. Nick Chubb Will Make Us Forget About Todd Gurley

Nick Chubb Georgia Bulldogs Running Back
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5. Nick Chubb Will Make Us Forget About Todd Gurley

Nick Chubb Georgia Bulldogs Running Back
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Averaging nearly as many yards per carry (6.9) as Todd Gurley (7.4), and against stronger opponents (Missouri, Arkansas, Auburn and Georgia Tech), look for Nick Chubb to continue to come out and put up premiere-back numbers, in spite of Louisville’s third-ranked rush defense.

4. DeVante Parker Will Make Big Plays

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4. DeVante Parker Will Make Big Plays

DeVante Parker Louisville Cardinals Football Wide Receiver
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Missing the first seven games with a broken foot, DeVante Parker quickly made up for lost time. In just five games, he became Louisville’s receiving yards leader — for the season! Just like Nick Chubb will perform well against Louisville’s third-ranked rush defense, look for DeVante Parker to do a little torching of Georgia’s secondary.

3. Louisville’s Rush Defense Will Underperform

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3. Louisville’s Rush Defense Will Underperform

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Louisville finished third in the FBS in rushing yards allowed per game (93.7), but this stat is misleading. Louisville never faced run-heavy Georgia Tech in ACC play, and when the team went up against Boston College’s run-heavy attack, the Cardinals surrendered nearly double their season average as the Eagles went for 166 yards on the ground.

2. Georgia Will Score 30-plus Points

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2. Georgia Will Score 30-plus Points

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The Bulldogs have faced a markedly tougher schedule and have put points up regardless. Georgia sits at eighth in the FBS in points per game with 41.7, and this will fly right into the face of Louisville’s 18th-ranked scoring defense (20.5). Against teams with better scoring defenses, Georgia slapped a pair of 45 point outputs to Clemson and Arkansas.

1. Georgia Will Win By Two Touchdowns

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1. Georgia Will Win By Two Touchdowns

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So far, I’ve pointed to stats that were misleading. What needs to be considered is the schedule, and Louisville’s marquee wins (Miami and Notre Dame) don’t compare to Georgia’s (Clemson, Arkansas, Auburn), not to mention Georgia manhandled a common opponent that Louisville fell short to (albeit on the road) in Clemson. The nod goes to Georgia, and it won't be a dogfight.

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